Among the services provided by our clinic are cavity treatments, root canal treatments, prosthesis placement, and periodontology.
Cavities are caused by the acids in bacterial plaque that form when bacteria join food debris in our mouth.
Cavities destroy teeth, demineralising the hardest tissue in the body: tooth enamel. It is important to act promptly and remove cavities before they reach the dental pulp (in this case the dentist will have to perform a root canal treatment). In the most advanced cases, it can completely destroy the tooth (in this case, it will be impossible to save the tooth and the dentist will have to extract and replace the lost tooth).
Brushing your teeth is important to reduce the chances of this happening. However, it is almost impossible to completely remove food debris, so it is advisable to go to the dentist every 6 months to undergo a teeth cleaning.
To treat cavities, a dental filling is performed, eliminating the affected tissue and placing the dental filling in that space.
Root canal treatment
When cavity bacteria reach the pulp, it becomes inflamed, causing pain.
Nerve inflammation can spread into the bone and cause injuries such as abscesses and granuloma.
Root canal treatment involves the removal of necrotic tissue, replacing it with special materials. Each canal is completely cleaned and instrumented, and then shaped to allow the filling to be completed with an inert and sealing material (gutta-percha).
In some cases, endodontists have to revise outdated treatments that have lost their effectiveness by reprocessing canals that have already been treated. Devitalised teeth become less elastic than vital teeth, therefore, when under stress or excessive loads, they are exposed to fracture risk and, generally, this occurs more often in posterior teeth. For this reason, when a tooth has undergone a root canal treatment, its reconstruction is done with a glass fibre bolt or a carbon stump, and it is recommended that a crown be placed to reconstruct the entire occlusal surface, protecting the tooth.
A dental prosthesis is a device that serves to restore the anatomy of one or more teeth that may be lost over time due to degeneration, periodontal disease or some other reason.
A dental prosthesis will improve your quality of life significantly, as well as enable you to show off a perfect smile.
There are several types of prostheses.
Removable partial or total dental prosthesis on natural teeth
A removable dental prosthesis is a structure composed of several artificial teeth that is made to replace missing teeth. They are attached to the gum with adhesive products or metal brackets and can be removed by the patient at any time.
Immediate load or fixed dental prosthesis on implants
It is the perfect solution for those cases in which all the teeth are missing.
Six pieces (implants) of biocompatible titanium are implanted onto the bone, which will hold the dental prostheses, adequately distributing the force of mastication. On these anchors, the dental prosthesis is fixed, which can be made of metal and composite (acrylic), or of zirconium.
This is the most appropriate solution in cases where all the teeth are missing, as the hybrid prosthesis is screwed to the dental implants (previously placed surgically in the bone). These screws allow the entire structure to be fixed and the space between the prosthesis and the implants to be sealed. This way, the patient will have new fixed teeth.
The result is the closest to enjoying having your own teeth again, recovering their chewing function, aesthetics and certainly your smile.
Fixed dental prosthesis on natural teeth (crown or bridge)
Our clinic exclusively makes zirconium crowns, as they combine a totally natural appearance with greater resistance and durability, achieving a better aesthetic result.
In crown treatments, the tooth is milled to act as an abutment, impressions are taken and a temporary crown is placed. Subsequently, the final crown is delivered.
When it is an implant-supported prosthesis, its internal structure is made of titanium, totally covered with zirconium which gives it hardness, shine and transparency.
Removable partial or total dental prosthesis on implants
The removable dental prosthesis on implants, or overdenture, is a prosthesis that is retained on fixed elements screwed onto the implants and the patient can remove it for cleaning.
The advantage of this type of solution is that it means an improvement for the patient since it diminishes the mobility of the prosthesis, improving their chewing, as the prosthesis is fixed to the implants. Thus, it is a solution that provides security in a simple way, while having the appearance of a fixed denture and also allowing for its easy extraction, reposition and cleaning.
Periodontology deals with the treatment of gum diseases such as gum disease and gingivitis. These diseases, which are the main cause of dental loss in adulthood, affect more than half of the population over the age of 35.
Gingivitis and gum disease affect the tissue that supports our teeth, i.e. the gums, and are mainly caused by bacteria. Depending on the state of the disease, it can either be gingivitis or gum disease
The infection affects the gum alone, which becomes swollen, red and starts to bleed. This process can be reversed if detected early.
If gingivitis is not treated in time, the infection starts to affect not only the gum, but goes also below it, forming periodontal pockets and attacking the root and the bone that holds the tooth, even causing its loss. Gum disease is irreversible and can have a negative impact on certain aspects of general health.
The main reason for these diseases is the accumulation of bacteria between the gum and the teeth. It is important to note that, if food debris is not removed, it becomes bacterial plaque. Over time, this plaque becomes calculus, which can even go under the gums. At that point, only a dentist can remove that calculus. Therefore, it is necessary to have good oral habits, using proper brushing techniques, and to go to the dentist every 6 months to undergo a teeth cleaning.
Gum diseases usually do not cause pain. Red, swollen or bleeding gums may be some of the first warning signs, but bad breath or the feeling of ‘loose’ teeth may be a more advanced reflection of the disease.
There are different risk factors associated with the development of this disease, such as:
- tobacco (a smoker has greater rates of bone loss, deeper periodontal pockets, and increased risk of gum recession),
- hormonal imbalances in women (can cause alterations in the gums, causing them to become more sensitive),
- diabetes (persons with diabetes are at greater risk for developing infections, including gum disease, and persons with gum disease may become more resistant to insulin),
- stress (since the body has more difficulty fighting infections),
- the intake of medication (some medications, such as antidepressants, can affect oral health because they decrease the production of saliva, a sanitising agent).